Las Vegas: Terry Cook preview

LAS VEGAS, NV (September 24, 2003) - Terry Cook and the No. 29 Power Stroke ® Diesel team's next NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series challenge takes place at the 1.5-mile paved tri-oval Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Las Vegas 350 Saturday, ...

LAS VEGAS, NV (September 24, 2003) - Terry Cook and the No. 29 Power Stroke ® Diesel team's next NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series challenge takes place at the 1.5-mile paved tri-oval Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Las Vegas 350 Saturday, September 27.

"Las Vegas Motor Speedway is one of the sharpest premiere facilities on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule," said Cook. "The venue is spectacular and the racetrack is smooth. Vegas is one of many tracks this Power Stroke ® Diesel/Oil Mateâ"' team enjoys racing."

Cook blazed up the charts last season winning four races, racking up nine Top-5s and 17 Top-10s until unfortunate mishaps intervened. Misfortune struck at LVMS in 2002 when a heat resistant mat caught fire extinguishing a Top-10 run for Cook relegating the Indianapolis driver to a 27th-place finish.

"We had some really bad luck at the end of the season last year and what happened to us at Vegas was just a freak deal," said Cook. "We are bringing the same Power Stroke ® Diesel/Oil Mateâ"' drop-snout truck we raced at California and we're ready for a change of luck in Vegas this time around."

Cook's aiming to improve his best finish of 10th at the LVMS tri-oval featuring 12-degree banking in all turns.

"The key to racing Las Vegas is getting into the corners and also trying to keep the No. 29 Power Stroke ® Diesel/Oil Mateâ"' Ford right on the bottom of the tri-oval because it's the quickest way around," said Cook. "When driving into Turn 1, you accelerate up to the outside front stretch wall. Then you run a big arc getting in floating into the corner. You can't charge the corners because you will slide up the track."

"Turn 3 is the trickiest part of the track," continued Cook. "The turn is smooth and you have to get the truck down to the bottom. You can't overdrive the corner like Turn 1. If you overdrive the corner, you will slide up the track which will lose you a lot of time. Once get to the middle of the turn, you are back on the throttle to accelerate off the corner hard. Then you are up to the outside wall off of Turn 4 back."

Cook and the No. 29 Power Stroke ® Diesel by International team will take the green flag Saturday, September 27 in the Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on Speed Channel and broadcast live on MRN Radio nationwide.

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